Influencing Locally

The aim of this three hour online workshop is for participants to understand where power lies at different levels of local and devolved government, how different types of local government work and how to engage with councillors and officers and where else power lies and can be challenges, co-opted and changed at a local level.

This training will be presented by out Head of Training and Consultancy who previously spent three years as Head of External Affairs at a local government think tank. There will be contributions from a cross-party group of local actors.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how councils work – including different models
  • Look at the local civic infrastructure more widely to understand where power lies in a locality. This will include LEPs, NHS trusts, local press and others.
  • Understand the relationship between councillors and officers and the breakdown of their separate roles.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Anyone wishing to better understand the workings of local government and the ecosystem in which it exists.
  • Those wishing to make change through their council and understand how and where to apply pressure
  • Community organisers who wish to supplement their campaigning with an understanding of the formal power structures in which they campaign.

This workshop will be led by trainer Emma Burnell, a campaigns and public policy professional with nearly two decades of experience who is also a talented and highly sought after writer and commentator.

Date options for this workshop:

26 Jan | 10:00-13:00
27 Apr | 14:00-17:00 

14 Sep | 10:00-13:00 

The Campaign Carousel costs £900 for small charities (with a turnover of under £500,000) or £1,200 for all other organisations. You can book using one of the links below or if you would like to speak to someone further please email

22 April 2021 start

7 September 2021 start

Please note: these links will take you book tickets securely on the Eventbrite platform where you'll be able to choose your preferred core module dates and choice of five extra three-hour workshops.

Watch SMK CEO Sue Tibballs tell you all you need to  know about the Campaign Carousel 

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